Curse of Chucky

08/29/2015 22:06

Film: Curse of Chucky

Year: 2013

Director: Don Mancini

Writer: Don Mancini

Starring: Chantel Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif and Jordan Gavaris

 

Review:

This film begins with a mother and a daughter. The mother is an artist and she is played by Chantel Quesnelle. Her daughter is played by Fiona Dourif. She is in a wheelchair. There is a knock at the door and Quesnelle tells Dourif to get it. Dourif is on her laptop and doesn’t want to, but she does as she is told.

At the door is a man delivering a package, he is played by Jordan Gavaris. He hits on Dourif. She is excited about this, but her mother brings her back down to Earth, this hurts Dourif’s feelings though. They open the package and inside is a Good-Guy Doll. They go to bed and in the middle of the night, Dourif wakes up to find her mother has committed ‘suicide’.

She tries to clean up the house when her sister arrives; she is played by Danielle Bisutti. Along with her husband, played by Brennan Elliott, her daughter is played by Summer H. Howell, their nanny played by Maitland McConnell and a Catholic priest played by A Martinez.

Bisutti wants Dourif to sell off the house and split the money between them. She has even found a place where she can stay that is assisted living for those that are disabled. Dourif refuses and tells her she wants to stay in the home they grew up; she is annoyed by the thought. Bisutti also believes that there is something going on between Elliot and McConnell, or that he at least wants to.

Dourif wants to give Howell the Good-Guy Doll, but she can’t find it. Howell does though when she is in the bathroom. Dourif knows something is up, but can’t put her finger on it. Dourif offers to make dinner and she asks Howell to help her.

Early on after finding the doll, Howell starts to call the doll Chucky, as it is possessed by the serial killer Charles Lee Ray and voiced by Brad Dourif. While Fiona and Howell sets the table, Chucky continues to wreck havoc by adding rat poison to one of the bowls of chili.

There is a nice scene of dinner of ‘Russian Roulette’, where we try to figure out who has the poisoned chili. Everyone seems to like the chili and it being vegetarian makes it impress Bisutti as well. Martinez says remembering something about some murders involving a Good-Guy Doll like Chucky, but doesn’t remember the history. He leaves abruptly.

They settle down to watch old home movies. While watching a birthday party, Dourif notices a weird guy in the film. The man is actually Brad Dourif. Fiona goes to do some research about what Martinez said and see what she can learn about the man from the film.

Howell also shows up during the movie and Bisutti tells McConnell to take her to bed and to help her find Chucky. The truth of this family comes out as things aren’t as they seem. Bisutti and Elliott aren’t happy together. Chucky also begins to pick-off everyone in the house, one-by-one. Will anyone survive or can they stop him before it is too late? Will he find a body to finally take over?

First off, I really like that Brad Dourif did the voice in this film, since he is Chucky and has done the voice in every movie. I also thought it was kind of cool that the main girl in the wheelchair is his daughter, Fiona. I love they continued the dark humor of Chucky that fans of the series will remember. The deaths aren’t overly creative, but that is something that is great about this killer doll.

My problem with this is that the story was a little stale. It isn’t horrible, but I feel like this film was made just for the cameos of Jennifer Tilley and Alex Vincent. I believe Fiona’s character jumps to some conclusions a little too quickly and there were some questions I had about them. These things don’t ruin it, but it definitely made it feel that this one was made to just satisfy the nostalgia for fans of the series. I wasn’t a huge fan of that.

I would recommend giving this one a viewing if you are a fan of the Child’s Play series. Don’t expect it to blow you away, but I do think it is better than Seed of Chucky. Brad Dourif is good as Chucky. It is your typical slasher movie; with this one of course the one doing the slashing is a talking doll. Not horrible, but this is nowhere near the best in the series.

 

My Rating: 5 out of 10